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o Franklin County Problem. Franklin county finds itself in a curious predicament on account of the suit pending between the sheriff and the treasurer of the county. It will be recalled that there has been a dispute between the two officials over a settlement of poll taxes. The sheriff lias the receipt of the treas urer for the money and the treasur er contends that the receipt is an error and that the money was never paid over in fact. The case has been in the Supreme Court and was recently sent back for a new trial. In order to have the new trial it seems necessary to issue new writs, and the question now arises who is to serve the writs. The sheriff, be ing a party to the suit, is disquali fied to serve them. Under the law the coroner and ranger would be the propr man to serve the writs in such case, but there is no coroner and ranger in the county. The coroner resigned his office many months ago because it did not pay enough to buy postage for the necessary corre spondence, and the board of super visors has never thought it of enough consequence to worry about. Now, however, it will be necessary for the board to order a special elec tion and elect a coroner and ranger to serve the writs in the present case. Opening of Veterans' Home. It seems likely that the Beauvoir home will not be opened for the vet erans as soon as at first expected. After the purchase was made it was generally understood that the home would be opened at once with the money that the Daughters of the ■Confederacy have on hand for that purpose, but it is now learned that Commander McKay is not in favor •of opening the home until the bal ance of the purchase money is paid. The Daughters are very anxious to have the home opened at once, but the money they have on hand is ex pressly appropriated by resolution . To the opening of the home and- can not be used for the purchase fund. A Costly Campaign. It is estimated that it will cost the man who is elected governor of Mississippi this year not less than $10,000 in campaign expenses. The gubernatorial candidates are spend ing very little money with the State press, and there is much complaint among the editors, who think that the candidates should publish offi cial announcements in eacli county. The editors are doomed to disap pointment, not only as concerns the ■candidates for governor, but aspir ants for other State offices, for few of the men in the field are finan eiallyl able to incur this expense. -So far as the gubernatorial candi dates are concerned, most of them are fairly well supplied with this world's goods, and the expenses of the campaign will not be a heavy burden. To Retire Bond*. At its next meeting the city coun cil of Jackson will have to make ar rangements to retire or refund a bond issue in the sum of $8,400 held by Judge J. A. P. Campbell, representing the purchase price of | the property on which the central school building is located. The to tal issue of bonds for the central school was $23,400, and the sum of $15,000 is outstanding in addition to-the bonds held by Judge Camp bell. The $15,000 issue, however, is not due for five years. It is like ly that the council will arrange for a refund of the $8,400 at 5 per cent. The issue is now drawing 6 per cent Railroad Commission. The railroad commission held its Tegular semi-monthly session in Jackson last week, and disposed of a small amount of routine business. The first matter brought up was the petition of the citizens of Meridian for a fiat rate of three and one-half cents per hundred from Vicksburg to that place on grain and grain pro ducts. The commission deferred ac tion until the next meeting. The petition for a depot at New Augusta was postponed until the next meet ing. The matter of a joint confer ence with the traffic officials of the various railroads operating in the State for the purpose of arranging a new local rate classification will not l>e token up for some time. Stave Timber Source. Stave manufacturers in Mississip pi are worried over the rapidly di minishing supply of white oak tim ber, and they are now being forced to haul the logs long distances to railroad points or navigable streams, where they can be shipped to the points of manufacture. The white oak timber along the water courses in the State has been thinned out in many places for distances of more than twenty-five miles from the paths of transportation, and the price of stave timber has been more than doubled during the past few years. Staves which sold at $150 per mill—1,200 staves—ten years ago, are now hard to get at prices ranging form $250 to $325, and the indications are that there will be an other sharp advance in prices dur ing the present winter. The supply of white oak is becoming especially scarce in the Pearl river valley, and the demand was never greater than now. Smuggled Tools Into Jail. Lee Armstrong, a mulatto girl, was arrested last week and placed in the county jail at Hazlehurst on the charge of smuggling tools and as sisting prisoners in their attempt to break out of jail on the night of February 7. The woman is deeply infatuated with the condemned ne gro murderer, Antonio Dukes, who is to be executed on May 18, and would have been hanged last week but for Gov. Longino granting him a respite on the ground of Dukes be ing a State witness against the al leged wife murderer, B. Y. Boyd, of Crystal Springs. The Armstrong woman has spared no efforts towards clearing the negro and it is claimed that as a last chance she risked her own liberty to furnish Dukes means of escaping from the gallows. Odd Fellow Vacancies. Grand Master John L. Buckley of the Mississippi Grand Lodge, Inde pendent Order of Odd Fellows, has announced the following appoint ments to fill existing vacancies: H. C. Dear of Enterprise, grand chap lain, succeeding Rev. James A. Sharpe, removed from the State; W. B. Moore of Laurel, district dep uty grand master, to succeed Dr. 1). J. Williams, resigned; Morris Blu menthal of Holly Springs, special district deputy grand master for North Mississippi. Covington coun ty has been changed from district No. 13 to district No. 14. Mules for Convict Farm*. The work of distribution of the mules purchased by Gov. Longino and the members of the board of control in Kansas City has been completed. The mules were brought South on a special train, via Mem phis, in charge of Mr. Robertson, of Kansas City, and fifty of them were taken to the Sunflower farm, fifty to the Coahoma place, fifty to Bel mont place and twenty delivered to the capitol commission in Jackson for use in the grading work at the statchouse grounds. To Start Glass Factories. It is probable that the next few years will bring about the establish ment of a number of large glass fac tories on the gulf coast, thus adding an important branch to the manu facturing industries of the State. Experts state that the finest quality of sand may be found on the small islands in the Mississippi Sound, particularly Horn Island and Deer Island, and the question of starting glass factories is engaging the at tention of capitalists. Water Supply Short. Ever since the temporary pump was installed on the bluff in the southern part of Jackson the press ure has been inconstant and in no part of the town has water been se cured in the second story of build ings, while the consumers who get a supply on the first floor consider themselves fortunate. Secured Five Recruits. Lieut. Lay II. Everhart, who has been in Jackson for the purpose of recruiting apprentices for the navy, has suceeded in enlisting five young men in Uncle Sam's service, who passed the examination last week. They will be sent to one of the naval training stations on the Atlantic coast before being assigned to sea duty. OREGON'S NEW SENATOR. Clinrlr* W. Fulton, of Astoria, Chos en l nited State# Senator for Ore Kon On the Forty-Third Ballot. ^alera, Ore.. Feb. 22.—At 20 minutes after midnight, on the forty-third ballot, Charles W. Fulton, of Astoria, was elected United .States senator, he having received 40 votes. Through the evening, beginning at eight o'clock, the two houses took ballot after ballot, with little change, until eight o'clock, when the name of Har vey W. Scott was presented. The Multnomah delegation supported him solidly, and in addition he drew eight votes from Geer. The last ballot began at ten min utes before midnight, and when the result was announced a scene of wild enthusiasm followed. Men hugged each other, threw up their hats and shouted themselves hoarse. It was several minutes before order could be restoi-ed. Then President Brownell, in a few words, introduced Senator Fulton, who thanked the members of the legislature for the honor that had been conferred upon nim and pledging that he would represent no particular section of Oregon, but would give his best efforts to the up building of every section of the state. Charles W. Fulton was born in Ohio, August 17, 1853. Later he moved to Iowa with his parents, where he studied law and was admitted to tne bar. He came to Oregon in 1875, taught school for a time, later locat ing at Astoria, where he has since re sided anil enjoyed a lucrative law practice. He has been elected to the state senate four times, and was pres ident of that, body in 1893 and 1901. BOUQUETS FOR AMERICANS. Refer* In The London Spectator Complimentary Term# to the Alaa knn Treaty Commissioners. New York, Feb. refers in very complimentary terms to tiie American commissioners un der the new Alaskan treaty, accord ing' to the Tribune's London repre sentative. it considers Secretary Root one of the ablest men alive to day in the Anglo-Saxon world of poli ties and Senator Lodge also a man of great weight and influence and a worthy representative of the best tra ditions of the senate. With regard to Senator Turner the Spectator says he is likewise well known on his side of the Atlantic, but we may be sure the president's choice has been wise ly exercised, for Air. Roosevelt would riot choose inferior men. -The Spectator THANKS TO MRS. ROOSEVELT. The Dulln.s (Tex.) Free Kindergar ten Association Tenders 'I'll link a to Mrs. Roosevelt. Mrs. AV. A. Dallas, Tex., Feb, Dallas, Tex., Feb. 21.—Airs. >V. A. Calloway, one of the directors of the Dallas free lcindergarden association, has written the following lett-r to Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt, thanking her for the handkerchief sent, to be sold for the benefit of the kiuder gartrn building fund: "The Dallas free kindergarten as sociation desires to thank you for your kind remembrance, by which they Were enabled to realize the magnificent, sum of $121 for their building fund. Your more than any other the proceeds of (he entertainment being more than $2,500. 1 wish, also, to express my personal appreciation of your prompt response to my re quest. Alost faithfully. AIRS. W. A. CALLOWAY." gift netted contribution. A BOON FOR ROCKEFELLER. Thinks A President of Netv Jersey He IIhm ii Cure for Roekefel Icr's Weak Stomach. New York, Feb. 22.—Bertrand Hor nung,a resident of Jersey City, thinks he iias a cure for John Rockefeller, who is said to be ready to give $1, 000,000 to anybody who ean cure his stomach trouble. "1 am convinced," says Air. Ilor nung, "that I can make All'. Rocke feller a well man in six months by my treatment. I have written to him. but as yet have received no re 1 'l.v." to divulge Mr. Hornung declines the nature of his reiriedt - . THE ALEXANDER HEARD FROM The Mishina United States Collier Alexander Heading Northward With a Broken Shaft. Washington, Feb. 22.—The follow ing telegram has been received at the navy department from Darien, Ga., signed by Joe Henson, master of the bark Record, giving news of the col lier Alexander: "Steamer Alexander in latitude 27.3, longitude 71.56, February 11, with broken shaft, heading north with staysails set; asked to be re ported." The position in whjelf the Alexan der was reported is ibout 500 miles northeast of San Juan. Call Made on Mr. Bowen for Pay ment of Money in Advance of Stipulated Time. THE REQUEST IS PROMPTLY REFUSED. ftermnny'a i.olive In Makliiff the Re. qneat 1st Not Understood at Wu«h> ington, But It Is Surmised that She Has Some Sinister Purpose in View. Washington, Feb. 23.—The German government, through its represents^ tive here, Bai on Speck von Sternberg, has made a request of Mr. Bowen for the immediate payment of the £55, 090 which it was stated in the pro tocol, signed on Februarj' 13, should be paid within 30 days from that date, as a preliminary to the raising of the blockade against, the Venezuelan ports and the agreement to send the question of preferential treatment ol the blockading nations to The Hague for determination. Mr. Bowen promptly declined to ac cede to the request, but informed Baron Sternberg that, as provided in the protocol, the money would be paid to the German representative at Caracas 30 days from February 13, which would be on the 15th of March. The reason that animated the Ger man government in making the re quest is not disclosed here, nor is Mr. Bowen aware of it. The matter, how ever, has some significance, perhaps, in view of the fact that the ships ta ken by the Germans during the block ade have not yet been returned to Venezuela. * During the day Mr. Bowen had calls from the French ambassador, M. Jus serand; the Spanish minister, Senor Ojeda, and the Belgian minister, Baron Moncheur, in regard to the protocols that are in preparation for the settlement of the claims of the citizens of their countries against Venezuela. Bough drafts of these in struments are already on their way by mail to the European governments interested, but there are certain pro visions regarding them about which the envoys desired to consult Bowen. The protocols are expected to reach their destinations the later part of this week, pending which no final steps for joint signature can be taken. Air. THE BELGIUM PROTOCOL. The Protocol Between Belgium and Venezuela to be Signed This Week. London, Feb. 23.—The correspond ent of the Standard at Brussels tele graphs that the protocol between Bel gium and Venezuela will be signed this week. Belgium, says the corre spondent, has obtained full satisfac tion. The Belgian claimants will re ceive $2,500,000 after the Anglo-Ger man claims have been paid. /blNED WITH STATESMEN. The President of the Louisiana Pur chase Exposition Co. Dined at the Carlton, London. New York, Feb. 23.—A London ca ble to the Herald says: Mr. David R. Fi'ancis, of the Louis iana Purchase Exposition Co., was en tertained at dinner Sunday night at the Carlton hotel by Air. J. C. Stew «rt, when a gathering of distin guished guests responded to the in vitations to meet the former gov ernor of AlissouG. The menu was one of the finest the famous chef of the Carlton could produce, and the gath ering round the tables presented a brilliant spectacle. Among the guests were the United States ambassador, Air. Joseph H. Choate, Prince Radziwill and Baron Gravenitz, of the Russian embassy; Earl Grey, Sir Thomas Dimsdale, Mr. Arnold Morley, Admiral Sir John Fisher, Gen. Ian Hamilton, Sir George Ernest Paget, Sir Francis Astley-Cor bett, Sir Clinton Dawkins, Col. Mon tagu Craddock, Mr. Moberley Bell, Mr. A. Von Andre, Col. Hunsicker and about a dozen others. Gov. Francis spent a busy day in meeting with World's fair commis sioners to various countries, the com missioners having coifie to Loudon to meet him. MEMORIAL SESSION. Sandny Session of the Hons* of Rep. resentntlves to Deliver Tributes to Decensed Members. Washington, Feb. 22,—The house held a session, Sunday, to pay tribute to the memories of three deceased members, the late Representative Tongne, of Oregon; the late Repre sentative Rumple, of Iowa, and the late Representative Moody, of North Carolina. Mr. Moody, of Oregon, pre sided in the absence of Speaker Hen derson. The customary resolutions were adopted tnd eulogies pro nounced by numerous speakers. i Cornerstone of the Army War Col lege Laid in Presence of a Dis tinguished Gathering. MILITARY AND MASONIC CEREMONIES. Addresses Delivered l»y President Roosevelt, Secretary of War E1I hu Hoot and Maj.-Gen. Yohhe, President of the War Col lege—Impressive Ceremonies. S. B. M. Washington, Feb. 22.—In the pres ence of an assemblage of distin guished people, including the presi dent. of the United States, members of the cabinet and of congress, jus tices of the supreme court, repre sentatives of foreign powers and oth ers eminent in the life of the nation, the corner stone of the army war col lege was laid here, Saturday, with im pressive military and masonic cere monies. Notable and Interesting. The occasion was rendered espe cially notable and interesting by ad dresses by President lloosevelt, Sec retary of War Root and Maj.-Gen. S. M. B. Young, president of the war college. The site selected for the new building is on the reservation of the Washington barracks, at the foot of Four-nnd-Half street. The ceremo nies marked the beginning of a pro ject which has been fostered by the president, Secretary Root and others interested in the advancement and thorough training of the the new structure, which is to bo States army. While the foundation of practically unique, has been only just begun, the plans contemplated by the war department and by congress in clude the construction of an entirely new set of buildings on the arsehal grounds. Among other structures there will be a hospital, barracks, officers' quarters and an administra tion building, all to be handsome and of the most approved architectural design. United The Site Selected. The army war college grounds have been selected as the site of the statue of Frederick the Great, which Emper or William has proposed to present to the people of the United States. A picturesque feature of the ceremo nies was the participation of the mil itary. About 1,000 troops, represent ing the various branches of the war service, took part in the exercises. They were drawn from the several army posts in Washington and vicin ity, and were in command of Maj. W. M. Black, of the corps of en gineers. The Presidential Party. President Roosevelt, accompanied by his military aide, Col. Theodore A. Bingham, left the White House in a carriage at 11 o'clock, corted to the war college grounds by Troop E of the Third cavalry. In other carriages, members of the cabi net accompanied the president. Two non-commissioned skilled horsemen, rode on each side of the president's carriage to control the horses in case they were fright ened by the firing of salutes or other wise, and two privates were detailed to each of the other carriages as a precaution against accidents. As tho president and party entered the grounds, the president's flag was run to the top of the flagstaff and a sec tion of the Fourth battery, light artil lery, fired the president's salute. The assembled troops paid the president the honors prescribed by the regula tions. He was es both officers, The Masonic Delegation. Grand Master George II. Walker, of the District of Columbia grand lodge of Alasons, and other officers of the grand lodge in carriages were escort ed to the war college grounds by the Second cavalry band. The ceremonies incident to the lay ing of the corner stone were impres sive. The invocation was pronounced by Rt. Rev. Henry Y. Satterlee, bishop of Washington, the assemblage stand ing uncovered during the prayer. After music by the band, President Roosevelt was introduced by Gen. O. L. Gillespie, chief of engineers, U. S. A. The president was given a cor dial ovation. Three Prominent Speakers. Addresses were delivered by the president, Secretary of War Elihu Root and Maj.-Gen. S. B. M. Young, president of the war college. Grand Master Walker, assisted by the other officers of the grand lodge of Masons of the District of Columbia, then laid the corner stone of the new building in accordance with the im pressive ritual of the Masonic fra ternity. The ceremonies were con cluded by a benediction pronounced by Bishop Satterlee. Steamer City of Clifton Burned. St. Louis, Feb. 22.— A dispatch from Clifton, Tenn., reports the hurningof the packet steamer City of Clifton at that point, while en route to this city. All of the passengers and crew escaped without injury.